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  • Summary: In this definitive documentary, director Christopher Felver crafts an incisive, sharply wrought portrait of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. One-on-one interviews with Ferlinghetti, made over the course of a decade, touch upon various characters and events that began to unfold in postwar America including the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road as well as the divisive events of the Vietnam war, the sexual revolution, and this country's perilous march towards intellectual and political bankruptcy. [First Run Features] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 8, 2013
    83
    Ferlinghetti’s home-brewed brand of anarchism is weirdly as American as apple pie.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 7, 2013
    75
    ‘A brave man and a brave poet.” That’s Bob Dylan talking about Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, publisher, anarchist, civil libertarian — in this lively documentary by Christopher Felver.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Feb 7, 2013
    70
    As big a bouquet as the film is to Mr. Ferlinghetti, it is also a mash note to City Lights, a cultural touchstone and North Beach landmark.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 5, 2013
    40
    Christopher Felver, while an inspired photographer, is not the director for the job; he dutifully ticks off Ferlinghetti’s major achievements — such as the founding of North Beach’s literary mecca, City Lights — yet never imbues his life with anything more than lefty zeal.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 7, 2013
    40
    Sadly, the film gets mired in traditionalism, something the man himself always railed against. But worth a look for seeing intellectual bravery (still) at work.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 6, 2013
    40
    Christopher Felver's stumbling hagiography Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder does no wrong by its celebrated subject-- but it never illuminates him, either.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 8, 2013
    38
    Christopher Felver is too reverent to properly convey the invigoratingly profane, angry messiness of the sense of community that Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his peers too briefly brought to life.

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